Bhadda, aka: Bhaddā; 3 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Bhadda. A lay disciple of Nadika who, the Buddha declared, had destroyed the five orambhagiyasamyojana and had been born in the highest deva worlds, thence to pass away entirely. D.ii.92.

2. Bhadda Thera. He was born in the family of a setthi of Savatthi. His parents had gone to the Buddha before his conception, and had told him that if they had a child they would give him to the Buddha as his servant. When he was seven years old, they took him, arrayed in his best, to the Buddha, in fulfilment of their promise. The Buddha asked Ananda to ordain him. This he did and instructed him, and the same night Bhadda became an arahant. The Buddha called to him saying, Come, Bhadda, and that was his upasampada.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he had offered hundreds of thousands of robes, etc., to the Buddha and his monks. Thag.vss.473-9; ThagA.i.474f.

3. Bhadda Thera. Perhaps to be identified with Bhadda (2). He is mentioned as staying at the Kukkutarama in Pataliputta in the company of Ananda, with whom he discussed the righteous and the unrighteous life (S.v.15f) and the cultivation of the satipatthanas. S.v.171f.

4. Bhadda. One of the two chief disciples of Kondanna Buddha. J.i.30; Bu.iii.304.

5. Bhadda. Commander in chief of Sena I. He built the Bhaddasenapatiparivenia and endowed it with servants and revenues. Cv.l.82.

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1. Bhadda. One of the two chief women disciples of Revata Buddha. J.i.35;

2. Bhadda. One of the chief women patrons of Kassapa Buddha. Bu.xxv.41.

3. Bhadda. Wife of King Munda. At her death the king placed her body in a vessel of oil and mourned for her until his friend Piyaka took him to Narada Thera at the Kukkutarama, and there made him realize the folly of mourning. A.iii.57ff.

4. Bhadda. A woman of Kimbila; she was the wife of Rohaka.

She became famous in the city as a virtuous woman (bhadditthi) on account of her goodness and was admired even by the gods. One festival day, while her husband was away in Takkasila on business, she greatly longed to be with him. The spirit of the house conveyed her thither, and from their union a child was born. Her virtue was doubted by her relations, but she convinced them by arresting a flood with an Act of Truth. Her husband was also suspicious, but she convinced him by producing a signet ring, which he had given her in Takkasila. Thus she became famous through her virtue. After death she was born in Tavatimsa, where she met the Buddha on his visit there, and at his request related to him her story. Vv.ii.5; VvA.109ff.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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bhadda : (adj.) august; auspicious; lucky; good. || bhaddā (f.) a well-behaved woman.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Bhadda, (a) & Bhadra(b) (adj.) (cp. Vedic bhadra, on diff. forms see Geiger, P. Gr. § 532. Dhtp 143, 589 expls bhadd by “kalyāṇe"; whereas Dhtm 205 & 823 gives bhad (bhadd) with expln “kalyāṇa kammāni") 1. auspicious, lucky, high, lofty, august, of good omen, reverend (in address to people of esteem), good, happy, fortunate D. II, 95(a); S. I, 117(b); Dh. 143 sq. (b) (of a good, well-trained horse), 380(b) (id.); J. VI, 281(b) (24 bhadrā pāsakā or lucky throws of the dice); DhA. I, 33(a) (Voc. bhadde=ayye).—bhadraṃ (nt.) something bringing luck, a good state, welfare; a good deed (=kalyāṇaṃ) Dh. 120 (=bhadra-kamma, viz. kāyasucarita etc. DhA. III, 14); PvA. 116 (=iṭṭhaṃ). Also as form of address “hail to thee, " bhaddaṃ vo J. V, 260.—2. a kind of arrow (cp. Sk. bhalla) J. II, 275 (v. l. bhadra; so Kern, Toev. s. v. ; but C. takes it as bhadda lucky, in neg. sense “unlucky, sinister, " & expls by bībhaccha=awful).—3. bull (cp. Sk. bhadra, Halāyudha 5, 21) Th. 1, 16, 173, 659.

—mukha one whose face brings blessings, a complimentary address, like “my noble &c friend!" (cp. BSk. bhadramukha; Divy frequent: see Index), M. II, 53; S. I, 74 (cp. K. S. I. 100n) J. II, 261 (v. l. bhadda°); Vism. 92 (v. l. SS bhadda°).—muttaka (cp. Sk. bhadramusta) a kind of fragrant grass (Cyperus rotundus) DA. I, 81; Abhp 599.—yuga a noble pair DhA. I, 95 (Kolita & Upatissa), —vāhana the auspicious (royal) vehicle (or carriage) Miln. 4. (Page 498)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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